Pitbull has received a “Call of the Wild” and appears headed to a remote Alaska town in the wake of a successful online campaign.
The "International Love" singer, in a promotion with Wal-Mart Stores Inc., agreed to perform at whichever Walmart location obtained the most Facebook “likes.”
Kodiak, a town with a population of about 6,000 people, garnered more than 70,000 “likes.” That was thanks to the Twitter campaign #ExilePitbull started by David Thorpe, a writer for The Boston Phoenix.
“With the help of some friends on Twitter, including the incomparable @fart (fellow SomethingAwful.com writer Jon Hendren), I started a campaign to exile Pitbull to the Wal-Mart on Kodiak Island, an icy, bear-infested locale just south of Alaska,” Thorpe wrote a week ago.
Pitbull reacted to the results in a YouTube video posted on Tuesday. "I heard Kodiak, Alaska has the most likes, due to someone that thinks he was playing a prank," he said. "What you gotta understand is, I will go anywhere in the world for my fans.” The "Mr. Worldwide" singer added, "I want to invite that someone who thinks it's a joke to Kodiak, Alaska, with me.”
Thorpe told The Associated Press he will “very likely” be in Kodiak with Pitbull if he raises his own funds, “since Pitbull's invitation doesn't include actually getting me there."
The writer said he didn't dislike the chart-topper, but told the AP he simply wanted to “disrupt a corporate social media campaign, since they really set themselves up for it.”
Aside from performing, Pitbull will also spend time with the people of the small town, a Wal-Mart spokeswoman told the AP.
It will be the singer’s first trip to Alaska.